Holy Week History: What is Palm Sunday

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What is Holy Week?

Holy Week is the final week in the season of Lent, and the week leading up to Easter Sunday. During this week, Christians remember the important events of Christ’s final days, his death and resurrection. Revisiting these events is more than a history lesson. It gives us a greater understanding about what Jesus did for us on the cross.

What is Palm Sunday?

The first Sunday of Holy Week is Palm Sunday, which remembers Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem on the back of a donkey. Jesus fulfills the prophecy from Zechariah when he says in Matthew 21:5 “Say to the daughter of Zion, ‘Behold, your king is coming to you, humble, and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden.'”

As Jesus enters Jerusalem, the crowds of people lay down their coats and palm branches on the ground as he passes. They waved the palm branches in the air saying, “Hosana! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!” (John 12:13) Palm branches were used in the ancient world as symbol of victory and peace. The act of laying down palm branches recognizes that Jesus is king, a king who will bring them peace.

Christians use palm branches on Palm Sunday to remember this event and its importance in Christ’s life, but also to acknowledge that Christ’s kingship was fulfilled by his death and resurrection. We celebrate this day with heavy hearts, knowing that Jesus is ultimately going to meet his death on our behalf. Although, he is welcomed as king he will later be crucified as a criminal. Jesus had to go to his death on the cross so that we could call him “King” for eternity. We also celebrate with hope, knowing that Jesus was victorious over sin and death when he rose from the dead on Easter.

palm-sunday-coloring-pageTake time with your family to prepare for Palm Sunday. This coloring page shows Jesus entering Jerusalem and being greeted with the palm branches. You can discuss the symbol of the palm branches and how they are a reminder that Christ is our King, who will return again triumphant!

 

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Cristina Jimenez
Cristina Jimenez

Palm Sun·day noun the Sunday before Easter, when the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem is celebrated in many Christian churches by processions in which palm fronds are carried.

June Winston
June Winston

Oh this wz exactly the pastors sermon yesterday! Words to learn from

Linda Faye Thomas
Linda Faye Thomas

I did not know that until I started going to Sunday school it tells a lot in our classes with the books we have in the class. Love my church

Ajbby Soquias
Ajbby Soquias

PALM SUNDAY,,,for me?symbolizes take away all our sins and confess it all heartily&lovingly surrender to our Lord jesus ,,whos sacrifficess in d cross to save our sins bcoz He,loves us his people and tru Palm sunday wr hve to carry all that as a sign of our forgiveness to him,Amen.

Imelda Manzano Hughes
Imelda Manzano Hughes

You keep on forgiving us oh Lord ,thank you ! I have sinned , forgive me Heavenly Father I pray for all Amen

Renia Ramiel Lazar
Renia Ramiel Lazar

AMEN ❤ I LOVE YOU MY BEAUTIFUL LOVING AND CARING FATHER LORD GOD JESUS CHRIST SO MUCH AND I THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING 💖

Phillip Rea
Phillip Rea

Palm Sunday - Yes!!! Easter - not so much It is PASSOVER!!!!.ork Resurrection Sunday. If you do not know JESUS' Full.Mission.you are missing Most of The Truth! This Passover may your minds be renewed and your hearts be receptive Shalom

Laurie Hogan
Laurie Hogan

Thank you for this post. So many times I tend to forget the exact reason for certain days we remember, such as Palm Sunday. This all came back to me from Bible Study when I read this.Thank you for this memory jolt.

Sunshine Alldatime
Sunshine Alldatime

Dear God I'm Thankful Every day you give me life,love and happiness. Being able to help my family and friends when needed. Give to the homeless when I have it. It's my joy in serving you my lord. Thank you Father. I love you.

Virginia Roser
Virginia Roser

Thank you Jesus for dieing fir our sins lord help us not to repeat our sins Amen

Genelyn Manongsong
Genelyn Manongsong

Thank you for your unconditional love God through the Blood of your Son JESUS CHRIST i am now Free...

Karen Monahan
Karen Monahan

Everyone who has signatures please call me and i will come pick them up' Easter is almost here.

Dolores Lewis
Dolores Lewis

I AM SO GLAD SO MANY LOVE THE FATHER AND LOVE JESUS AND DO NOT STAND ALONE GOD BLESS US ALL .. WE LOVE YOU LORD!